Community

Junior Achievement Finance Park
NABA Metro DC members volunteer on a quarterly basis with Junior Achievement of Prince Georges County in a live simulation called Junior Achievement (JA) Finance Park. Middle school aged children come to JA Finance Park to have the opportunity to put their newly-learned financial literacy skills to the test in a digital, 21st century, innovative learning environment. The "mini-city" at JA Finance Park houses a variety of storefronts and kiosks, correlating to the personal budget lines each student must manage during their JA Finance Park visit. As these young people enter the doors of JA Finance Park, they leave behind their lives as middle school students and take on a life scenario: an avatar with a career, salary, credit score, debt, a family, and financial obligations.

On tablet computers, students make their way through various phases of the day. Our job as volunteers is to guide them through the simulations. The simulations help students grasp the implications of their "financial decisions" as they work towards a balanced budget by the end of their visit, and allows these young people to experience the challenges of making real-life financial decisions that will lay the foundation for how they approach their financial responsibilities in the future.

Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition, heart disease, and obesity. By partnering with 444 community organizations in DC, MD, and VA, as well as delivering food directly into hard to reach areas, the CAFB is helping 540,000 people each year get access to good, healthy food.

NABA Metro DC serves as one of those community organizations, volunteering on a quarterly basis to sort out food inventory and prepare food for external distribution.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

NABA Metro DC plays a vital role in performing volunteer work on a yearly basis with the VITA site located on the campus of Howard University.

Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP)
The Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) was established in 1980 to increase the understanding of accounting and business career opportunities among high school students from underrepresented ethnic groups. Through ACAP’s efforts, students have received educational enrichment experiences and practical help needed for college preparation and a career in accounting. This week long summer residency program is held on the campus of Howard University. During the week, students will have the opportunity to attend classes on careers in accounting and business, personal development and college preparation; tour college campuses, local companies, and CPA firms; and invite their parent(s) or guardian(s) to a banquet in commemoration of their completion of the program.

For more information on volunteer opportunities with the Community Committee, please e-mail us at financialliteracy@nabametrodc.org.